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International Naval Review 17-22 November 2016

Celebrating our 75th Anniversary

HMS Neptune Commemoration and Closing Ceremony, Sunday evening 18 December, Wellington

On Sunday evening, December 18, we will be gearing up for our HMS Neptune Commemoration Service and Closing Ceremony at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington commemorating the greatest single loss ever sustained by our Navy, the sinking of HMS Neptune.

The occasion also marks the end of our 75th Anniversary. You’re all welcome to join us, bring some blankets, a picnic and watch the show from 8.00pm. There will be an audio-visual presentation to celebrate the occasion, you do not want to miss this! See you there.


8:30pm HMS Neptune Commemoration Ceremony (public attendance welcomed at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park).
8:30pm Narration of HMS Neptune story.
9:00pm Catafalque Party take post at the Tomb of the unknown Warrior, VIPs and guests seated.
9:30pm Choir / RNZN Band and Guard Royal Salute, welcome and speeches, choir / RNZN Band.
10:00pm NZ names read out by Sea Cadets, lay wreaths, Ode / Bells / Last Post and minute silence followed by RNZN Band Sunset / Beat the Retreat (3 Volleys FIRED).
10:30pm Closing address / close of ceremony.

View the website for more information: or 75th Anniversary 

Friday evening 18 Dec - HMS Neptune Commemoration Service and Closing Ceremony (8:30 - 10:30pm, Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, Wellington) For more information on events visit the 75th Anniversary website or Download Events Poster [PDF]



Earthquake support for Kaikoura

A major, 7.5, earthquake struck New Zealand in the early hours of Monday morning, 14 November 2016. The quake was located 15km North East of Culverden, in the vicinity of Hanmer Springs / Kaikoura.

As was proven when the last significant earthquake struck Christchurch, the Navy and wider New Zealand Defence Force is a major asset available to support Government relief efforts.

The NZDF is supporting the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management (MCDEM). The MCDEM is leading the National Crisis Management Centre and co-ordinate the NZ All of Government response.

Fast facts: NZDF and foreign support for the Government’s earthquake response


  • NH90 medium utility helicopters (4) – 122 flying hours, delivered 25 tonnes of aid and ferried about 290 people
  • A109 helicopter (2) – 23 flying hours
  • SH-2G(I) Seasprite helicopter  (2) – helped offload the 216 tonnes of aid supplies from HMNZS CANTERBURY in underslung loads
  • C-130 Hercules (1) – 19 flying hours and airdropped 8 tonnes of water
  • P-3K2 Orion surveillance aircraft (1) – 15 flying hours
  • B200 King Air (1) – 15 flying hours


  • Amphibious sealift vessel HMNZS CANTERBURY – evacuated some 640 people carrying 9.3 tonnes of baggage, one cat, 17 dogs and about 30,000 bees
  • Offshore patrol vessel HMNZS WELLINGTON – survey of approaches for landing crafts and anchorage positions
  • Frigate HMNZS TE KAHA
  • Replenishment tanker HMNZS ENDEAVOUR

Foreign assistance

  • Australian frigate HMAS DARWIN + 1 S70B Seahawk helicopter + 177 sailors
  • Canadian frigate HMCS VANCOUVER + 1 CH-124 Sea King helicopter + 231 sailors
  • US destroyer USS SAMPSON + 2X MH60 Seahawk helicopters + 340 sailors
  • US Navy P-3 aerial surveillance aircraft – 15 flying hours
  • Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force P-1 aerial surveillance aircraft – 12 flying hours

NZDF personnel

  • Navy – about 410 sailors
  • Army – 150 soldiers, including nine Army chefs catering for 250 volunteers assisting in the relief effort in Kaikoura
  • Air Force – 55 aircrew and some 200 support personnel on the ground at bases in Whenuapai, Ohakea, and Woodbourne,  and Christchurch

People evacuated by HMNZS CANTERBURY and RNZAF NH90 helicopters – nearly 1000 people (with 9.3 tonnes of baggage, one cat, 17 dogs and about 30,000 bees)

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